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Editor, Razorbill - Penguin Young Readers

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Date: Feb 7, 2017

Location: New York, NY, US, 10014

Status: Open Position

Company: Penguin Random House US 

Requisition ID: 5107 

Razorbill is looking for an Editor to join their team. The Editor will acquire, evaluate, develop and edit manuscripts within the imprint.  They will be responsible for supervising new titles through all stages of the editing process and coordinate all processes of book production from acquisition to publication.



  • Solicits, tracks and evaluates manuscripts by using originality and ingenuity that meet the goals of the Imprint
  • Reads, evaluates, and develops manuscripts and proposals
  • Maintains and develops relationships with authors and agents with a view to future acquisitions
  • Participates in brainstorming for internally generated IP and finds authors for IP projects
  • Consults with authors on market, content, style & format of publication and provides them with editorial feedback in the form of revision letters
  • Maintains schedules and contractually specified length requirements
  • Line and content editing of manuscripts to be published
  • Reading and evaluating books published by other publishing companies for possible reprint acquisition
  • Attends weekly editorial meetings to discuss incoming and existing acquisitions
  • Negotiates purchase of manuscripts with authors and agents
  • Writing catalog/cover copy and title information sheets to provide sales force and publicity department with descriptions of published titles
  • Generates profit and loss estimates
  • Collaborates with design and production on style, schedule, format, and aesthetics of publication; prepares manuscripts for production
  • Works with marketing, promotions, and publicity departments to develop marketing plans for each title
  • Represents individual titles in interdepartmental meetings
  • Performs special projects as required.



  • Three to four years experience in an editorial capacity at a children’s or adult trade publishing house—as an editorial assistant, assistant editor, & associate editor
  • Acquisition experience necessary
  • Outstanding creativity skills
  • Excellent organizational skills & ability to pay attention to detail
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to show initiative

Penguin Random House is the leading adult and children’s publishing house in North America, the United Kingdom and many other regions around the world.  In publishing the best books in every genre and subject for all ages, we are committed to quality, excellence in execution, and innovation throughout the entire publishing process: editorial, design, marketing, publicity, sales, production, and distribution.  Our vibrant and diverse international community of nearly 250 publishing brands and imprints include Ballantine Bantam Dell, Berkley, Clarkson Potter, Crown, DK, Doubleday, Dutton, Grosset & Dunlap, Little Golden Books, Knopf, Modern Library, Pantheon, Penguin Books, Penguin Press, Penguin Random House Audio, Penguin Young Readers, Portfolio, Puffin, Putnam, Random House, Random House Children’s Books, Riverhead, Ten Speed Press, Viking, and Vintage, among others.  More information can be found at


Penguin Random House values the array of talents and perspectives that a diverse workforce brings. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, religion, age, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or protected veteran status.

Nearest Major Market: Manhattan
Nearest Secondary Market: New York City

Job Segment: Editor, Writing, Book Publishing, Publishing, Creative

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